MBA 232-1: Financial Institutions and Markets

Numerical Databases

Global Financial Data

  • US stock prices
  • US and worldwide macroeconomic data
  • Very long historical series

Wharton Research Data Service (WRDS)

  • Company financials from COMPUSTAT
  • Stock prices from CRSP
  • Stock ownership from Thomson Reuters
  • Economic data from Global Insight
  • Earnings estimates from I/B/E/S
  • Many ways to manipulate data, using SPSS or UNIX-type commands
  • Use MFE login for remote access and expert commands


  • Huge database of international, historical data
  • Stocks and bonds, indexes, macroeconomic data, options, futures, exchange rates, and more
  • Confusing interface
  • Can only be used from the standalone terminal in Long Library


  • Mergers & acquisitions and new issuances of stocks and bonds, going back to the early 1980's
  • Extremely confusing interface
  • Can only be used from the standalone terminal in Long Library

Global Economic Data

This is not a comprehensive list of economic data sources available at UC Berkeley, but rather a sampling.

To explore the full range of online economic data sources, visit the Economics subject page.

  • EconLit
    The most comprehensive index to scholarly journal articles in economics.
  • Global Economic Monitor (GEM)
    Provides indicators in daily, monthly, quarterly and annual frequencies for developing and high-income countries.
  • Global Financial Data (GFD)
    Contains long runs of historical data (over 6,000 series) on security markets and macroeconomic trends for over 150 countries.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States (HSUS)
    Comprehensive statistics and quantitative facts on US history.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    Provides access to indexing and statistical tables from three key sources: American Statistics Index (ASI; 1973-present), Statistics Reference Index (SRI; 1980-present), and Index to International Statistics (IIS; 1983-present).
  • Data Planet
    Provides fast and easy one-stop shopping to more than 5.3 billion (and growing) data points from licensed and public domain datasets.
  • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
    Provides access to NBER research results through the working paper series.
  • OECD iLibrary
    Full-text publications and statistical data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  • UNdata
    Wide range of economic, social, cultural, and demographic indicators from various United Nations agencies.
Last Update: June 03, 2011 15:43